Oklahoma Casualties Database

U.S.S. Oklahoma

Schmitz, Andrew

"With deep regret I must tell you that he has been missing since the attack on December 7, and the chances are very slim that he survived, because careful checks have been made on other ships and stations on the chance that missing men might be there.
"It is a painful duty to have to impart such sad news, but to do otherwise would only arouse false hopes.
"I wish to tell you of the calm and courageous manner in which the crew of the Oklahoma met the surprise attack. The memory of our your son and the other brave men who were lost will inspire and spur other naval personnel to the final day of reckoning and victory for our country."

-Newspaper clipping

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